Disney Announces New ‘Greek Freak’ Biopic for Giannis Antetokounmpo

by Will Shepard

Disney announced on Thursday (Dec. 10) that they are going to release three new original movies. In particular, the focus of one of the films is on Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Giannis most recently was named the MVP of the NBA for this past season. This award makes him the most recent basketball star to win back-to-back MVPs since Steph Curry in 2015 and 2016.

But now, Disney is adding a film called “Greek Freak” to Disney Plus. The movie will focus on Giannis’ early life, move into his trek to the NBA, and finally his ascension to becoming a bonafide superstar.

During the Disney presentation discussing the company’s plans, one of the hosts talks about the film.

“Heading into production next year: Greek Freak is the remarkable story of NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo and his family as they lifted themselves out of poverty as undocumented immigrants living in Greece, with Giannis ultimately finding himself on the world stage.”

Giannis Antetokounmpo Entering the World of Film

In addition to this film on the Greek freak, there are two other athlete-centric projects Disney is putting out. One of which is about superstar Chris Paul. The third film is the story of Keanon Lowe. Lowe, a former Oregon high school football coach, helped prevent a school shooting.

A Disney host also said that they are renewing Peyton’s Places with Peyton Manning for another season.

As most basketball fans know, Giannis Antetokounmpo’s nickname is the “Greek Freak.” So, it is a fitting title for one of the most dominant players in basketball. The nickname likely was created because Giannis’ last name is difficult to pronounce properly.

During an interview, Giannis talks about the origin of the nickname. Although he doesn’t know the exact reason it came about, it’s certainly evident he likes the name.

“I don’t remember the first time I heard about [my nickname]. It was probably my rookie year, but I really don’t know who came up with it. I just went on the court one day, and I had like a crazy dunk or a crazy block, and after that everyone started calling me the Greek Freak. So it stuck by me, I love it, and it’s a cool nickname.”

However, there is no exact release date for the film yet, aside from it happening in 2021. Nonetheless, NBA fans are excited.